What I read today
2 Kings 1-2; Proverbs 6; Ezekiel 33; Mark 11; 2 Corinthians 3
Ezekiel is a tough book. It’s filled with condemnation and destruction. The northern kingdom of Israel has been taken into exile. The southern kingdom of Judah had been under siege. Due to the idolatry and rebellion of the people and their leaders God had pronounced judgment on both nations.
Ezekiel was the prophet of judgment. It was his job to tell people that they needed to repent of their ways and turn to God. The truth was he had no choice.
Today we have evil parked around every corner. We’ve decided to disobey God’s word time and time again. Not only our nation but all of the people as well. The church is bending and twisting to satisfy the whims of society and we no longer even blush at what is happening around us. Adultery, murder, rape, theft, corporate crimes, a government that is hopelessly devoid of morals, it all fits into the narrative that was seen in Israel.
Yet Ezekiel stood proclaiming a message of judgment.
But in chapter 33 he holds out grace. He holds out the idea that God stood with his arms wide open waiting for us to turn back to him. He held out forgiveness and mercy to those who would seek it.
After watching things that happened this last week, I think we need to hear more from our churches about judgment. But we also need to hear about a God who is standing there waiting for each one of us. Waiting to forgive us and restore us.
Will we turn back to him?